Today might be the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on the liturgical calendar, but for many it is Super Bowl Sunday.
As most Americans including myself are eagerly preparing for kickoff at 5:30 PM CT, I am reminded of Pope Francis’ homily a few days ago. In speaking about prayer, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be more vocal in their praise of God.
‘But, Father! This is for the Renewal in the Spirit folks, not for all Christians!’ No: prayer of praise is a Christian prayer, for all of us. In the Mass, every day, when we sing the Holy, Holy, Holy … This is a prayer of praise: we praise God for his greatness, because He is great. We say beautiful things to Him, because we happy for His greatness [It. perché ci piace che sia così]. ‘But, Father! I am not able…I have to…’ Well, you’re able to shout when your team scores a goal, and you are not able to sing praises to the Lord? To come out of your shell ever so slightly to sing [His praise]? Praising God is completely gratis. [In it] we do not ask [Him to give us anything]: we do not express gratitude for anything [He has given]; we praise [Him]!
So as you bring out the chips and salsa, turn on the TV, greet friends, and wait for the kickoff, think about Pope Francis’ words. As you shout for joy when your team makes a touchdown today, think about his words. Then next Sunday as you sit in church remember his words, and do not be afraid to shout and sing for joy. For our God is the King of Glory!